APS Teachers Earn Top Honors at State P.E. Convention


SHAPE Colo. AwardsWhen it comes to promoting healthy lifestyles among students, the physical education team at Aurora Public Schools has major keys to success. During the recent SHAPE Colorado state convention, two P.E. teachers learned just how much their colleagues admire their work.

Columbia Middle School teacher Emily Graves earned the Young Professional Award and North Middle School’s Joe Bishop was recognized as the Middle School Teacher of the Year. The Young Professional Award is designated for a younger SHAPE Colorado member who has demonstrated outstanding potential in teaching, scholarships, and service.  The Physical Education Teacher of the Year Awards provide recognition to individuals who have demonstrated continuous dedication to the advocacy and enhancement of student learning in physical education in Colorado. 

“To be honored when there are so many incredible teachers in the state is overwhelming,” Bishop said. “I have learned from so many great teachers throughout my career that I am humbled to receive the award.”

Both teachers understand the unique relationship between academics and physical education. In fact, Graves’ classes often focus on the skills students will need to succeed on the next level, as embodied in goal 2 of APS 2020: Shaping the Future.

“Physical education is more than physical movement to me,” Graves said. “I feel that my classes create perfect situations for students to learn and use leadership skills that they will need later in life, such as problem solving, empathy, caring and learning to work with all people.”

SHAPE Colorado is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide leadership, professional development and advocacy for health, physical education, recreation and dance professionals in Colorado.

Congratulations, Emily and Joe!